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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 142
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
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Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ninkasi website:
"8.8%alc./vol. 100+ ibus. Always available in 22 oz bottles, and on draft."

(Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007)
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JToad

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review of a bomber, courtesy of juhl31 via my winning the BeerAdvocate2 Fantasy Football League. Thanks Jay for the awesome package!

Pours a cloudy blood orange, with minimal head, yet nice white lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Smells of grapefruit, bread and some other assorted tropical fruit. Maybe tangerine.

Tastes of tropical citrus, sharp bitterness that doesn't last long. Relatively creamy mouth feel, though not too thick. Wet and sticky, this an extremely well balanced DIPA. Not your typical hop-bomb, yet it has some nice sharp hops throughout the body.

The DIPA for non-hop heads. Very solid and well balanced, the bready profile really evens out the loads of hops. Very easy drinker, it shouldn't be a problem finishing the bomber by myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 17:39:15 | More by JToad
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cbak999

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand delivered from my brother in Oregon. Sticking with the 'hop' named beers tonight. This one pours a deep orange color with a big, white head that really hangs around. Smells and tastes are of piney, citrusy hops. Great hop taste, but nothing that is so bitter that it hangs around too long after the sip...which is great balance between the hops and malts. I do taste some caramel malt, but not too much. A great beer from Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 01:52:34 | More by cbak999
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

poured into a shaker pint (and a bit into a corsendonk tulip)

a. orange-red in color, solid carbonation, limited in terms of head retention and also doesn't lace the way I'd prefer. When I poured into the tulip glass the head retention was of course greatly improved and the lees created a hazy brown affect. In my mind the best beers look good even in a shaker pint, this one doesn't look great in that condition but it looks better when it's put into glassware that helps cover its weaknesses.

s. all subtle citrus fruit, lime rind, oranges and grapefruit, mild herbal floral notes on the nose. I also smell something a bit spicy, almost like pumpkin bread baking

t. bready but like sourdough bready on the start, rolls into a sour-bitter lime like finish. Extremely solid in the flavor department. There is a pleasurable, teeth rattling oily astringent hop presence that lingers for minutes on end. Solid

m. This beer could use a bit more body, it seems rather light and thin.

d. On the other hand because it's so light and thin I find it extremely easy to drink especially considering alcohol content. This stuff drinks almost like a light lager as opposed to an IPA w/ 8.8 ABV.

It's solid stuff and I'm glad I finally tried this brewery, can't wait to check out more of their stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 08:01:07 | More by Donnie2112
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My wife picked me up a 22oz bomber of this from Bev Mo for $3.99 - killer price!

A: Pours a slightly hazy, golden honey-like hue with a solid head that sticks around a bit leaving good amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish.

S: Tons of malt - sweet carmel and toasted grains, fresh made bread with earthy hops coming through at the end. Unfortunately the hops never really establish themselves in the overall smell - pretty weak in the hop department, especially in regards to a west-coast DIPA.

T: Greeted with a good amount of carmel malt up front, followed with a solid balance of earthy mossy hops, with flavors of citrus black tea/herbal tea finishing bready with a bit of booze on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy with proper carbonation for the style finishing with a bit of boozy heat and lingering bitterness.

D: Real easy to drink for nearly 9% ABV but the heavy malt limited me to just two and I was finished, needing something with a cleaner dryer hop bight - Ninkasi IPA is a much better beer and slightly cheaper; I think i'll stick to those in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:20:39 | More by DeanMoriarty
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gameface23

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange. Silky & sticky lacing

S: Grapefruit rind, orange blossoms, and a generous dose of crystal malt.

T: Juicy, fresh squeezed oranges, an uplifting amount of bitterness, and a healthy dollop of toffeeish caramel malt

M: Velvety smooth. It really keeps the 100+ IBU's in check and creates a nice experience.

D: A very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 04:15:07 | More by gameface23
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itsfreeasinbeer

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy light cider colored. Practically no head or lacing to speak of.

S: Citrus and grass hops along with a bit of alcohol.

T: Citrus hops are the predominant flavor. Grassy hops follow along with some malt base that is oddly spiced from the yeast.

M: Mildly carbonated with a heavy resiny body.

D: A must try double IPA, however, the spicy aftertaste from the yeast leaves something to be desired. The hops bouquet present in the nose and initial first sip are worth the imperfections though.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 23:39:33 | More by itsfreeasinbeer
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largadeer

California

3.21/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Amber colored with a hazy, unfiltered body. The head is lasting and sticky, slightly off-white.

The nose is signature Pacific Northwest IPA, an even mix of bready, slightly caramelized malt and citrusy, grapefruit and orange hoppiness. There's a touch of tropical fruit as well.

It's bready and bitter on the tongue, medium bodied, quite flavorful. Grapefruit and pine hop flavors are prominent, but there's an undertone of tropical fruit. The finish is resiny, grapefruit-like, mildly astringent. Pretty solid stuff, but by no means great.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 20:39:35 | More by largadeer
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much darker than expected (amber-brown) with a nice almost white head that retains and laces very well.

lots of pine and grassy hops, and plenty of grapefruit and bitter citrus. goes a bit tea-like and minty as well. not much for malty aromas.

hoppy again for the flavor, but a bit more malt mixed in. tropical fruits are added to the grapefruit and bitter, zesty citrus. pine and grass get pushed back a bit and herbal tea and peppery spiciness comes through a lot (which isn't entirely pleasant). malt is bready, caramelly yet not that sweet. good, but not up to par with the greats of this style.

medium bodied with a bit of resin and syrup on the finish.

drinks decent. herbs, tea, and pepper could be cleaned up a bit for this to be one I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 03:29:10 | More by silentjay
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful red-amber color, bright as crystal. Vigorous pour yields a modest head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Nice citrus in the nose. Big juicy grapefruit hop flavor with pine and peppery alchohol toward the finish. The peppery effect builds up over the course of the bottle, somewhat limiting drinkability. Good carbonation to lighten the load.

This is a very well done example of the style that seems on the verge of greatness with just a little tweaking. Next time I am on the left coast, I will seek out more Ninkasi.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:44:28 | More by CliffBrake
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a little while back.

A: Hazy browinsh orange color with pretty nice white head and good lacing.

S: Nice balance of citrus tropical hops and sweet malts. A little pine, pretty nice.

T: Cirtus, sweet malt, pine, bittersweet finish. Medium fruitiness as well, this is pretty good stuff I like the balance. Sugary toffee notes in there as well that throws it off a bit.

M: Creamy and good carbonation, a little prickly with alcohol and bubbles for me though.

D: Good.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 22:50:14 | More by Dreadnaught33
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DovaliHops

California

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded orange-golden color with a large white head with a hint of yellow. Aroma is very pleasant. Nice hoppy scent with LOTS of pineapple. I get a ton of tropical fruit in the nose of this DIPA. Lots of mango as well. Taste is very similar. Usually I get the citrus fruits from DIPAs...a lot of times I get melon flavors as well. This one definitely has a tropical fruit profile. The tropical fruits definitely overpower all other flavors, even the mild hoppiness. This beer tastes great, but would be SO MUCH better if the hops we're as "in your face" as the tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly nice, although possibly a bit watery. Drinkability is high. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 09:32:50 | More by DovaliHops
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Henry's Taproom in Portland. Pours a dark orange colour with about a finger of head. Some mild lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of strong citrus hops with some oily pine hops creeping in as well. Lots of caramel malt backbone too. Flavour is fairly bitter, though the sweetness balances this off pretty well. Nice carbonation level. I wasn't impressed with the Total Domination bottle I had, but this one was nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 04:04:47 | More by kwjd
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a hazy copper color with a modest white head to it. The head faded to a thin sticky covering and immediately started to leave some thick sheets of lacing.

The aroma not surprisingly shows mostly hops to it. It has some grapefruit and pine, along with some hints of pineapple and mango. It's not overly intense with hops compared to other versions of the style, but it's nice.

The taste also has a lot of hoppy flavors going on. It starts out with some sweeter flavors coming through with some hints of some tropical, fruity, hoppy flavors. As you get to the finish more of the grapefruit and pine come through to give it more of a bitterness. The grapefruit bitterness lingers for a while too.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was a pretty nice hoppy beer. I didn't find it overly intense with hops, but the hops were nicely done and flavorful. I really liked the bit of tropical like hoppy flavors I got out of it. Pretty nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:19:32 | More by billab914
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SecondSandwich

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I lived in Portland, OR for the last couple years and Ninkasi was available just about everywhere you look (God, I miss Portland). Their "Total Domination IPA" was one of my go to beers and is one of the best in its price range. The "Tricerahops Double IPA" is a delicious step up from its tasty nephew. A bit more pricey, but that certainly didn't stop me from enjoying my fare share of this scrumptious brew.
Now, I am not up on beer terminology (despite being an avid craft beer consumer) so forgive me if my description is "unconventional". I'll also have you know that I am heavily biased toward IPAs and the double/imperial IPAs in particular.
I have had the Tricerahops many-a-time in the bottle and have been lucky enough to discover it on tap on at least one occasion. The Tricerahops has a light-ish amber color and somewhat of a flowery aroma. In terms of taste, it really packs a nice punch. It delivers a lot "on the front end" as I like to say. It has a nice, crisp hoppy attack. It has a lot of treble and mid-range flavor. However, it doesn't really have much of that bass-y complexity that comes out about mid-taste with some other double IPAs (the Hercules Double from Great Divide for example, mmm). That being said, I don't think that bassy flavor was intended with this beer. It is more of a zippy, refreshing, deliciously hoppy (and high gravity) treat to enjoy when you are out on the patio in the summer or autumn.

Bottom line, if you like IPAs, you will love the Tricerahops. Also, if you haven't really experienced the Ninkasi Brewing company (I have not seen it outside the west coast, unfortunately) I would recommend seeking them out. I have not been disappointed by anything I have tried from them.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 16:55:35 | More by SecondSandwich
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demuzik

Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is a clear copper-goldish, light carbonation (a tad lighter than typical for the style), served with little to no head.

Not much head retention, near to no lacing.

Flavor is certainly not bad, but I did not rate high seeing as they market this as a "double IPA" and therefore I expect much; this came in at a normal IPA range for IBU's and gravity, at least taste and mouthfeel wise.

Aroma is certainly this guy's thing; much dry hopping for great complexity and inviting sniffs.

Not so drinkable, this is one that wares on you half way through and you are looking towards the next beer in a more favorable genre; could definitely use a better balance of malt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 20:40:01 | More by demuzik
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a rich, creamy dark orange. The head is crazy on my beer, very creamy with good retention and sticky lacing. Nice.

The smell isn't as strongly hoppy as I figured, but still bery nice. Citrus, hops, spices.

Taste is very smooth and creamy. The hops are NOT overwhelming. Very balanced with the other floral and citrus flavors. A little citrus hop bite in the backend but not overwhelming.

Feels creamy and rich on the tongue, but it leaves you hoping for a few more rich flavors.

Pretty drinkable. Not too much of anything.

I hoped for more but still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 19:49:45 | More by Scotchboy
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Zorro

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed copper colored ale with a tall off-white colored head.

Strong hops in the scent with the scents of toast and tobacco being the strongest, strange. Abundant ethanol carries a melon scent. Scents of leather and caramel smell something like British Imperial Pale Ale.

Starts out woody and herbal with a hop and strong tea flavor. Getting lots of herbal hops with this one and very little C Type Hops. Mostly this is just very herbal.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. The taste of this one is very different; I would classify this as an Imperial BPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 00:35:04 | More by Zorro
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glazeman

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Split with airohead2001, thanks for sharing this with me.

A: Dark orange in color with a 1 finger off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing on the head. I got the second half of the bottle, and my pour had a ton of floaties in it.

S: A little bit of sweet fruit on the nose, but overall not that strong of a smell.

T: The drink starts with a semi-sweet orange flavor up front. Then there is a lot of hop bitterness in the middle as well as some pine. The finish is a medium metallic taste with some bitterness as well. I feel that the overall balance of this beer is a little to far toward the malt end of the spectrum for what I would expect of this style. It does have a pretty good taste though.

M: About what you'd expect with this style. Medium-body with a good level of carbonation.

D: Fairly high drinkability, although somewhat hindered by this being on the sweeter side. The alcohol is undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:10:16 | More by glazeman
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks goes out to Pullen for this as an extra in an in-person trade quite awhile back! Served from bottle into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and citrus hops as well. It had a medium feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this brew is quite excellently balanced. Have a very nice aroma and flavor going on here. Probably one of top IIPA's that I've had. Massive thanks again John for this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 12:31:59 | More by thagr81us
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this one on tap while visiting family in seattle

appearance- deep golden to reddish color strong head that left lacing as it faded.

smell- a very citrusy fruity hop aroma

taste- it had this amazing citrus flavor to it kind of a passion fruit thing going on. really one of the best tasting IPAs i have had

Mouthfeel- each sip left me wanting more my mouth practically craved more

Drinkability- very drinkable beer I wish it was in MA

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 19:01:46 | More by rowingbrewer
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turnerr79

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Medium head that launched floral hops fragrance into the stratosphere.

Nose of fragrant valley hops. The brew itself does not retain the sweet hoppiness, and blasts more of a bitter deep malty flavor. The aftertaste is on the bitter side of bitter.

A spike of the 8.8 abv pierces the the tongue. Complex flavor, but not a good IPA.
A bitters freak might enjoy this, but not me.

I will not purchase this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 04:37:01 | More by turnerr79
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OhSoHoppy

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a glass this beer poured out as a nice light caramel color. the head was light and frothy, and a little strung out, This beer was strong in flavor but i never would have guessed that its ABV was so high base on the taste. decent amount hops even for a double. enjoyable and definitely worth the purchase but I don't think i will buy it again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 20:41:09 | More by OhSoHoppy
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with thebouch01 - served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with half an inch of creamy, off-white foam. immediately leaves behind some sticky, spotty lacing as it settles. the beer is moderately hazy, burnt orange in color.

S - citrus heavy, with mangos and ripe melon alongside orange rinds. assertive sweet malt base full of rich caramel.

T - immediately a strong and forceful bitterness overwhelms the mouth. hop flavors of pineapple and grapefruit meld with notes of wet pine. solid sweet malts are present yet let the hops do most of the talking.

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation. rich and creamy yet also a touch sticky during and after the swallow. lingering strong hoppy bitterness with a mild alcohol burn.

D - solid DIPA here. nothing too crazy or unique, yet just gets the job done. good amount of balance but still west coast through and through.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 16:01:05 | More by Stigs
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seand

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick foamy off-white head. Retains well, leaving long strands of lacing.

S: Floral, grassy, hoppy sweetness. The malt background is pretty light, mainly hops here.

T: Medium sweetness leading into a huge hop finish. Quite a strong bitterness. The malts are still pretty light, so they don't do much to balance out the onslaught of hops.

M: Full body, medium to light carbonation. Dry chewy finish.

D: The hops are so overpowering you want to take this one slow, and you probably don't want much more than a pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 04:15:07 | More by seand
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head. The nose brings some floral and citrus hops with a bit of rind. The taste is bitter, but doesn't have the bright hop characteristics of the nose. Some light grain and booze in the background. Good bitter and alcohol balance. Pretty good, but doesn't really take it to the next level.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:25:25 | More by Thorpe429
Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,045 ratings.